The time of the CIO has come

How the current crisis is becoming a game changer and how the future can be secured with new digital strategies

LONDON, July 28, 2020 – Lockdown, remote, the “new normal” – and someone is constantly saying corona crisis. But where it all started, that term “crisis”, it is not charged all that negatively. In the Chinese language the word “crisis” is composed of two characters, Wei – the danger, and Ji – the opportunity. So there is a potentially enormous game changer to be leveraged coming out of the current crisis. It’s CIO time!

“Most companies and institutions are currently facing enormous challenges. Against the background of the disruption of entire markets, the focus is suddenly on new digital strategies, and, if there is to be future for an organization, their implementation cannot be delayed. So the ball is already on the IT field,” says Holger Maul, CEO of Deskcenter AG. “We are therefore making a complimentary copy of a Gartner report available this month, which is addressed to CIOs and IT management, providing them recommendations for short- and long-term actions to increase resilience against future disruptions, and prepare for rebound and growth.”

Be it flexible workplace management, the roll-out of fresh technologies or even the opening of completely new business areas – the success of digitizing the value chain depends on the performance of the company’s IT. “Develop a digital workplace strategy that includes collaboration applications, security controls, BYOD programs and network support. Identify alternative employment modes and digital technologies that can empower employees and automate tasks,” Gartner writes. Appropriate solutions can be very useful. “With such concentrated knowledge, such far-reaching decisions can be optimally prepared,” summarizes Holger Maul. The valuable document, Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak: Short- and Long-Term Actions for CIOs (March 2020), is now available complimentary for a short time to download on the Deskcenter website